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Art Beyond Sight ~ Women of Vision



Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Most people think about experiencing art in only one way – a visual way.  We can see works of art in a gallery.  We can see how the elements of a work of art are related to each other, and to the whole.  We take for granted the ability to examine or admire a work of art, or to create our own.

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

For the blind or partially sighted, it is the other way around.  Art not only has a visual presence, it has a tactile presence.  Sound, music and smell can often prompt visual images.  In-depth verbal description and guided touch of an art object can “paint a picture” for the blind.

Photo by Ingrid Damiani

Art Beyond Sight ~ Women of Vision is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and poetry created by the Women of Vision, a group of blind and partially sighted women who have met monthly at The Cummer for over twelve years.  The Women learn the expressive and healing potential of the arts through multi-sensory methods of art making and memoir writing.

Art Beyond Sight ~ Women of Vision is on view in the Art Connections Gallery through March 6.

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